“Living Green in a Modern World” is not about going without. It is not about foregoing quality and a modern way of life. It is about choosing ethically, choosing responsibly, choosing with a conscience and most importantly living consciously through every moment in every second of every minute of every day. And about being consciously aware of where we all sit in this web of life. And this universe.
Christmas is a time of mass. Mass consumerism, mass spending, mass expectation. For the general population, everything is large! For me, Christmas is much richer than that. Christmas is a time to stop and celebrate life. Celebrate love. Celebrate family. Celebrate the fine thread of life.
Three years ago my family had a very different Christmas. A Christmas spent in an Intensive Care ward, watching and waiting for that fine thread of life to choose whether it would hold on or snap. This Christmas, 2012, is the first Christmas since that my family can and will all come together and celebrate that fine thread and the choice it made three years ago…. It chose “Life.”
I must say I am a tad excited!
Sure…. We buy presents for each other. We have a big feast. We stuff ourselves silly and then spend the rest of the afternoon rolling around on the grass trying to rid ourselves of the agony in our bellies.
In my house, we don’t have a different Christmas. We have a responsible one.
Presents are chosen because they are actually wanted or needed. They are bought responsibly, from independent quality retailers and small designers. All Australian. Beautiful wrapping paper is folded up and reused again. Ribbon is collected. Packaging is recycled or goes into our compost.
Our designer menu is selected with seasonal produce in mind. Fruit and veges are bought through local farmers at our local Farmer’s Market. Any cut of meat is chosen responsibly and ethically. It is then bought directly from the farmers who raise the animal responsibly through a free range, organic method that has given THE best life to that animal. The meat is then cherished and respected for what it is. A life that has been sacrificed for our table.
Off cuts of food feed our compost. Leftovers are kept. If not homemade, condiments are bought in jars not plastic. Herbs and selected veges are picked fresh from our garden. Food is prepared fresh, not out of a packet. No food goes to waste.
The table is decorated with flowers from our garden and gorgeous beeswax candles. Our tablecloth is linen. Our napkins are linen. Our crockery ceramic. Cutlery, a mix of stainless steel and silver. Glassware always glass. Nothing is landfill here.
Beautiful Christmas carols are downloaded online rather than bought as cds. The atmosphere is euphoric. We are comforted knowing that our electricity bill is going towards green power.
Of course, we know that we are lucky to be able to afford these choices. But then for the small cost, what kind of world would we have if we didn’t? We all have a choice…
At the end of the day, we will choose to sit outside under a beautiful star lit night. Under the moon. And remember our place in this universe. And give thanks for that thread of life. For life would not be worth living without it.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.